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3. So the same day, at evening, the first day of the week, when for fear of the Jews the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled Jesus came and stood among them, and said :
6 Peace be unto you."
When he had said this he showed them his hands and his side. So the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord.
“ Peace be unto you,” he said to them again. Just as the Father has sent me out, I also send you.”
When he had said this he breathed on them.
“ Receive the Holy Spirit,” he said. are putting away any one's sins, they are being put away; if you continue to hold them, they have been and are being held.”
But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came.
• We have seen the Lord,” the other disciples said to him.
“Unless I shall see in his hands the print of the nails,” he answered, “and put my finger into the print of the nails, and my hand into his side, I will by no means believe."
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So eight days later his disciples were again within and Thomas with them and the doors were shut, and Jesus came and stood among them. • Peace be unto you !
" he said. “Reach your finger here and see my hands," he then said to Thomas, “and reach your hand here and put it into my side, and do not become faithless but believing."
“ My Lord and my God !” exclaimed Thomas.
“ Because you have seen me have you believed, Thomas ? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed."
So many other signs did Jesus do in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book. But these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and so that believing you may have life in his name.
CONCLUSION. After this Jesus showed himself again to the disciples at the sea of Tiberias. He showed himself in this way. Simon Peter and Thomas called Didymus and Nathaniel of Cana in Galilee and the sons of Zebedee and two others of his disciples were together.
“ I am going fishing,” said Simon Peter.
They went out, got into the boat, and that night caught nothing. But when day was now breaking Jesus stood on the beach, but the disciples did not know it was Jesus.
“ Children," he said, you have nothing to eat, have you?”
“ Cast the net on the right side of the boat and you shall find.”
They cast it, and now they could not draw it for the great number of fish.
“ It is the Lord,” said the disciple Jesus loved to Peter.
So when Simon Peter heard it was the Lord he wrapped his coat about him, for he was naked, and threw himself into the sea. But the other disciples came in the little boat, dragging the net
full of fish. For they were not far from the land, but about three hundred feet. So when they got out on the beach they saw a charcoal fire there, a fish laid on it, and a loaf of bread.
“Bring some of the fish you have just caught," said Jesus.
So Simon Peter went aboard and drew the net to land full of big fish, a hundred and fifty-three. And for all there were so many the net was not torn.
“ Come to breakfast,” said Jesus.
None of the disciples dared ask him: Who are you? For they knew it was the Lord. So Jesus came, took the loaf, and gave to them, and the fish also.
This is now the third time Jesus was made known to the disciples after he had risen from the dead.
So when they had breakfasted, Jesus said to Simon Peter :
Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?”
- Yes, Lord, you know I have a personal affection for you." “ Feed my lambs."
Simon, son of John," he said to him again the second time, “ do you love me?"
“ Yes, Lord, you know I have a personal affection for you." - Take care of
my sheep." “Simon, son of John,” he said to him the third time, “have you a personal affection for me?"
“ Lord," Peter answered, for he was grieved because he said to him the third time: a personal affection for me? “Lord, you know everything, your own experience tells you I have a personal affection for you.”
“ Feed my little sheep. Most truly I tell you : When you were young, you girded yourself and went wherever you desired. But when you are old, you will stretch out your hands and another will gird you and carry you where you do not wish to go.”
“Follow me," he added, having said what he did to intimate the nature of the death by which Peter was going to honor God.
Peter turned round and saw the disciple Jesus loved following, who also leaned back on his breast at supper and said: “Lord, who is he who is betraying you ?”
“ Lord,” said Peter when he saw him, what shall this man do?”
“ If I wish him to stay till I come what is that to you? You follow me.”